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Kent is a school district located south of Seattle that serves 26,000 students and employs 3,400 people. Layoffs were announced this spring and teachers are fleeing in droves. It may be summertime, but we decided to get to the bottom of the sitch in Kent.
5:00 Nate kicks off the show with an anecdote he’s heard about the laying-off of Kent’s entire I.T. department
19:00 Kent’s finances are especially messy. Ashley Gross explained, how unusual is it to borrow from the Capital budget and/or the Rainy Day fund?
23:00 Denisha discusses the impact of the budget situation on her students, especially her level of access to technology.
28:00 Denisha and Ashley bat around their perspectives on the level of culpability of the School Board versus the Superintendent
32:00 **Nate conflict of interest disclaimer** re: The Broad Foundation
34:00 What’s the “Geographic Footprint of Kent Schools”?
38:00 What are some solutions (spoiler: there aren’t many)?
41:00 Who should the audience follow if they want to know more about what’s happening in Kent?